Somewhere Between Here and Now

So today my Senior friends graduated and in (approximately) 365 days from now my fellow Juniors and I will be graduating at long last. I can’t deny that I feel that the past 3 years have absolutely flown by, or that the prospect of the next year passing just as quickly isn’t a little bit…terrifying. I am incredibly excited to finally be finished with my undergraduate years though. There are some things about graduate school that i am very worried about. I hope that I’ll still be able to have close relationships with my professors, like I do at school now. I’m worried about having to start all over again in a completely new town with all new people, but I’m also ready to get away from the world of Moravian people.

One of the things I worry about most of course is leaving all of the wonderful people that I’ve met at school. In college friendships are a bit strange, sometimes fleeting, and almost always unpredictable. Some people just grow apart, more often than not this has been the case for me. However, I’ve recently found a great deal of friends who I would hate to have to live without. Being forced to leave them behind won’t be easy, and in situations like this I always remind myself of the wise words of a humble seagull.

One of my favorite authors is Richard Bach, and one of my favorite works of his is Jonathan Livingston Seagull (yes I’ve spelled it wrong). At one point in the book Jonathan must leave his dear friend Sullivan and consoles him with these words:

“If  our  friendship  depends  on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and  time, we’ve destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all  we  have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have  left  is  Now.  And  in  the middle of Here and Now, don’t you think that we might see each other  once or twice?”

I hold onto these words, and even though I may not have the ability to manipulate space and time in the same way that Jonathan did, I still feel that when ignoring the boundaries of space and time all things are possible. This is my version of heaven, a place where space and time no longer exist, a realm of pure consciousness wherein all things are possible. It’s not perfect, because upon reaching perfection one would only want for more…but perhaps it’s as close as a human consciousness can get.

-JLS

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2 thoughts on “Somewhere Between Here and Now

  1. allofalanah says:

    aw geez sam, you TRYING to make me cry?

    dang i miss you.

  2. Rachel Beard says:

    How funny is it that Richard Bach is one of my top favorite authors, too! JLS was the first book of his that I read, and I love how you quoted it. I remember feeling similarly after my junior year at Moravian – aghast at how fast it went, scared, but at the same time dying to get out!… until graduation day when I was crying “no I’m not ready to go!!!” But inevitably, moving on must happen, and I promise you’ll find many more great experiences and people post-MoCo 🙂
    Ok, end excessively-long comment!

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